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28 November to 02 December 2022
In Focus
UNECE adopts two new regulations to improve the safety of vulnerable road users 
The limited ability of drivers to detect and see correctly pedestrians in close proximity of their vehicle is a key cause of accidents, both for cars and light vehicles, and for heavy duty vehicles. Two new UN regulations adopted recently by UNECE’s World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) to address this issue will significantly increase the safety of vulnerable road users. Both regulations are due to enter into force by June 2023. They build on the UN provisions on blind spots and low-speed manoeuvres that involve collisions of heavy trucks and buses with pedestrians and cyclists, adopted in June 2021 and in October 2018.
Executive Secretary's Blog
We need to build digital diplomacy for a sustainable and inclusive future  
Digital technologies are defining new areas for economic competition and regulatory divergence, propelling issues, such as privacy, data protection and the regulation of artificial intelligence, directly on diplomatic agendas. To navigate this new world shaped by digital technologies, diplomats will not only need technological skills. Critical thinking – the ability to question what is offered and to discern conflicting information – will remain an essential skill for them to be able to understand the ongoing rapid changes across a wide range of topics and to ensure that the digital age is safe, inclusive, and sustainable.
Industrial Accidents Convention
Marking 30 years of progress, Parties to the Industrial Accidents Convention gear up to address risks from climate change, natural hazards and the green energy transition
The recent 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (CoP-12) has marked 30 years of work in the UNECE region and reviewed key achievements. Membership has grown from only 27 signatories to 42 parties, including Ukraine as the newest party. The CoP adopted an ambitious workplan for the biennium 2023-2024, containing activities, such as facilitating implementation in relation to Natech risks and preventing accidental water pollution; risk management of hazardous substances; assisting countries in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in strengthening policy and governance, and transboundary cooperation.
UNECE presents a new project to support trade and innovation in Turkmenistan
During its recent mission in Turkmenistan, a UNECE delegation presented a proposal for a new analytical project aimed at supporting the country to enhance innovation governance and remove barriers to trade. It comes at a crucial point for Turkmenistan's development. In recent years, Turkmenistan saw consistent economic growth, reaching the status of an upper-middle-income country. UNECE’s support would facilitate cross-border trade and allow the country to develop new and unique products for export, while making use of other UNECE tools as part of inter-governmental work under the Steering Committee on Trade Capacity and Standards, the Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships, and UN/CEFACT.

UNECE supports Kazakhstan to advance a circular economy through sustainable trade, sustainable water management and enhanced food security

UNECE and the QazTrade Center for Trade Policy Development are joining forces to advance sustainable trade and the circular economy in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is the first country in Central Asia to use the SPECA Principles of Sustainable Trade – a set of 20 principles, adopted by the countries participating in the United Nations Special Programme for Economies in Central Asia (SPECA) – in its sustainable development plans. For the first time, QazTrade and UNECE trained stakeholders on the promotion of sustainable trade, with a focus on the application of the SPECA principles.

Road Safety 
UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety visits South-East Asia to advocate for helmets and safe mobility for all 

The goal of the mission of the Special Envoy, Mr. Jean Todt, is to advocate for more investment in safe and sustainable mobility in one of the regions most affected in the world by road crashes: South-East Asia. The Special Envoy met with ministers, as well as private sector, public sector and NGO stakeholders in Thailand (21-23 Nov.), Viet Nam (23-25 Nov.) and Cambodia (26-29 Nov.) to advocate for the effective implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, with the aim of halving the number of victims on the road by 2030. Road crashes are the leading cause of the fatalities and injuries in South-East Asia.

Upcoming Events
High-level event of the UN Regional Commissions at CBD COP-15
Montreal, 15 December 2022

UNECE is the lead organizer of this joint event together with the other four UN Regional Commissions, which will take place during the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP-15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, Canada, from 7 to 19 December 2022. Executive secretaries of the five regional commissions will share their visions on how the loss of biodiversity will be stopped across regions and will propose an action-oriented announcement supporting an UN common approach on biodiversity. 

UNECE Youth Dialogue: Shaping the future of the region
Geneva, 20 December 2022

As UNECE marks its 75th anniversary, it seeks to enhance its engagement with young people to better address their needs and to co-create innovative solutions to regional challenges. The UNECE Youth Dialogue will be a platform for young people to bring their views, ideas, solutions and innovations to policy discussions on issues that matter to them and their future. The dialogue will focus on the longer-term vision for the future of the UNECE region and on a selection of key issues related to UNECE’s work and which are of relevance for young people.
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